Bowing to Israeli bullying, BBC changes Gaza killings headline

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2018

In a statement, the Israeli army claimed to have struck at least 140 targets across the Gaza Strip in recent days, going on to assert that Gaza-based resistance groups had fired 80 rockets into southern Israel - 25 of which were intercepted - over the same period.

Gaza Judge Omar Nofal, who serves on Gaza's Sharia court, said on Hamas TV on August 8 that "jihad" against Israel is an individual duty.

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel near the southern city of Sderot, Israel on August 9, 2018.

Rocket alert sirens sounded in Beersheba, a city of 200,000 inhabitants some 40 km from the Gaza Strip, for the first time since the last war in 2014.

Israel just launched multiple airstrikes destroying al-Meshal Cultural center in Gaza - a public area that hosts cultural festivals and art events. The military said more than 180 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza.

Angry that major media outlets are highlighting the fact that its latest wave of bombings killed a pregnant woman and her young child, the Israeli government has begun openly pressuring news outlets that dare to report its war crimes accurately.

A top Hamas official told The Associated Press that the group waited for the delegation to leave Gaza before responding with rocket fire late Wednesday.

A Hamas militant was also killed in the strikes and at least 12 others injured, the Health Ministry said. The ministry said Khammash was also pregnant.

Late Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet issued a statement following a meeting saying it had instructed the military "to continue taking strong action against the terrorist elements". Hamas denied using the facility. Hamas militants responded with a cross-border fusillade that sent Israelis scrambling for air raid shelters.

Medics reported at least four wounded taken to Israeli hospitals, including a seriously injured 30-year-old Thai woman.

A picture taken on August 9, 2018, shows people inspecting the rubble of a building targeted by the Israeli Air Force in response to a rocket attack that hit southern Israel earlier in the day on August 9, 2018.

It said the Palestinian "resistance" had fired a large number of rockets at "enemy positions in the Gaza envelope".

While some local media outlets were reporting that Muhammad succumbed to his wounds early Thursday afternoon, the Gaza Ministry of Health has maintained that he is still in critical condition and being treated in the ICU. It said the deal was mediated by Egypt and other regional players.

Neither Greenblatt, the foreign ministry, nor the army made any mention of the killing of Inas Khimash and her daughter Bayan.

Kamal Khamash, brother-in-law of the killed woman, said the family was asleep when the projectile hit the house.

Thursday's events are the latest in a series of severe flare ups over the past few months in Gaza, leading many local and worldwide officials to speculate that another large-scale Israeli offensive on the Palestinian territory could be imminent.

"What I can say is that we targeted by definition only military targets that were clearly used by Hamas where there was an active presence of Hamas and nothing else", he told journalists on Thursday morning.

A surge in cross border rocket and air strikes in recent weeks have prompted the United Nations and Egypt to try to broker a truce to prevent another one.

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East conflict who has been seeking to negotiate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, said he was "deeply alarmed".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the global community to "immediately and urgently intervene".

They also demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade of the Gaza, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

The two were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit their home in the Jaafari area of central Gaza. One Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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